After one of tech’s biggest conferences for women postponed its career fair, attendees organized their own with recruiters from companies like Apple and Google
- Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC), one of the largest conferences for women in tech, recently postponed its annual career fair due to technical difficulties.
- Many students rely on the career fair as a way to land jobs and internships at some of the biggest tech companies like Apple and Google.
- In response, some attendees have come together to arrange an alternative option for candidates and recruiters to connect.
- Companies like Dropbox, are also hosting their own live interactive networking events and 1:1 chats to meet conference attendees and recruit diverse candidates.
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The Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC) is one of the largest conferences for women in tech.
The event boasts more than 30,000 participants and over 300 partners from major tech companies like Apple, Google, Facebook, and Microsoft. One of the main draws of the event is its annual career fair, which connects women directly with recruiters.
This year the event, which is taking place from September 29 to October 2, went virtual for the first time in its 20-year history. But three days before the conference was set to begin, the GHC’s host organization, The Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology, (AnitaB.org), announced that the career fair would be postponed due to technical difficulties.
“We are devastated that spontaneous connections and real time technical knowledge-sharing may be significantly limited or unavailable, and therefore not up to our community’s expectations,” AnitaB.org said in an email to conference participants.
A major disappointment
For many of the conference’s participants, the career fair is the highlight of the event. The fair serves as an opportunity to connect women across the country – this year, across the globe – with